Cerveja Musa Frank APA

Here is another beer from Cerveja Musa in Lisbon, Portugal. This beer is Frank APA and American Pale Ale. This beer weighs in at 5% ABV. That is a lower than most Pale Ale I’ve had here. But that can be good because sometimes you might want a lower-ABV Pale Ale. This beer uses Citra, and Mosaic hops. This beer pours a yellow-gold color with a one-finger sheet of white head. The aroma is citrusy orange, hoppy and vegetal. The taste is orange, vegetal, hoppy, light, and somewhat thin. The mouthfeel is light. Then this beer finishes with a hoppy and vegetal flavor. The aftertaste is bitter and hoppy but lasts for a couple of seconds before a light Pilsner taste hits for just a second. The beer had light, hoppy bitterness that was drinkable and pleasant. I would say that Frank APA is a C+. The hoppy flavoring was good, and it propped it up a bit. I would almost go back to this, but that won’t be easy because, this beer not sold in the States. But I also would not rush out for this. It wasn’t the worst. It was kind of delicious . Please be kind, stay safe, and remember to enjoy responsibly! Cheers!

Westbrook Brewing Co. One Claw Rye Pale Ale

I’ve had One Claw several times before, but I was surprised that I’ve never reviewed this Rye Pale Ale from Westbrook Brewing Co. Now, if you are not familiar with Westbrook Brewing Co. down in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, I suggest you do. They are a fabulous brewery with great beers. This ale is 5.5% ABV. It has Citra hops, Azacca, Citra dry hops, American Ale yeast, and Rye, Pale, and Wheat, malts. This ale pours a deep golden color with a two-and-a-half-finger white head. The aroma is hoppy, spicy, and bitter. The taste is also hoppy, and spicy. It is also bitter, fruity, and has a faint malty flavor. The mouthfeel is medium. Then this rye pals ale finishes with a bitter and spicy note. Then you get an aftertaste of bitter spiced fruits. The spicy note fades into a malty flavor thattastes like it’s gone off. I would give One Claw from Westbrook Brewing Co. a C+. It is just above average. It’s not that I don’t like rye beers. The aftertaste holds it back a little. Other than that is not bad. I halfway recommend this beer, but I would not rush out for it. This ale doesn’t change how much I like Westbrook Brewing Co. Please be kind, stay safe, and remember to enjoy responsibly! Cheers!

Hopfly Brewing Company Shatter Hazy Pale Ale

This beer Shatter from Hopfly Brewing Company is the first beer I have seen/had from their new brewery here in Charlotte, North Carolina. This beer is a 5.8% hazy pale ale. This beer is part of Dank Expressions and is double-dry hoped, with Amarillo, Nelson Sauvin, and Mosaic Spectrum hops. This pale ale pours a hazy yellow with a three-finger white head. The head has decent retention. The aroma is juicy melon, hoppy and bitter. The flavor is similar to the smell with juicy bitter melon and hoppy creamy notes. There is a light powdery taste on this beer that you might get from a dry-hopped beer. The mouthfeel is medium. Then this beer finishes with a hoppy semi-dry melon. Then you get a bitter fruity aftertaste last long enough to enjoy it. I enjoyed Shatter Hazy Pale Ale. I would give this beer a high B+. It is refreshing and not so heavy that you can’t drink a few of them. I think it has a nice balance of flavor, drinkability, and mouthfeel. I would recommend trying this. Please be kind, stay safe, and remember to enjoy responsibly! Cheers! 

Edmund’s Oast Brewing Company Hush That Fuss Hoppy Wheat Ale

This beer, Hush That Fuss, is labeled on the can as a Hoppy Wheat Ale, but if you dig a little deeper, you’ll find it’s a Pale Ale. This beer from Edmund’s Oast Brewing Company is 5.5% ABV. This beer pours an orange color with a five-finger white rocky head. The aroma is orange, bitter, with light wheat notes, and bright. The taste is creamy, with orange pineapple, bitterness, and lemony. The mouthfeel is medium and creamy. Then it comes to a bitter wheat orange and tropical-like finish. The aftertaste is bitter, slightly hoppy, and fruity. This beer is more of an American Pale Ale than an ear of hoppy wheat, but you get a light wheat flavor. I give this beer an A-. It was close to being a wheat ale but not all the way there. Overall a nice tasting beer. I’d recommend it! Please be kind, stay safe, and remember to enjoy responsibly! Cheers!

Amor Artis Brewing & JJ’s Red Hots Decaphonic Pale Ale

This beer Decaphonic Pale Ale is a collaboration between Amor Artis Brewing in Fort Mill, South Carolina & the fast-casual hot dog restaurant JJ’s Red Hots here in Charlotte, North Carolina This pale ale coming in at 6.6% ABV is in celebration of JJ’s Red Hot tenth anniversary. JJ’s is one of my favorite restaurants. This pale ale purchased at the restaurant. This beer pours an orange color with a one-finger white head. The aroma is hoppy, orange-scented, and bitter. The flavor is lightly pine, orange, grapefruit, bitter, and hoppy. The mouthfeel is medium. Then this Decaphonic Pale Ale finishes hoppy and bitter, more IPA like that pale ale. The aftertaste is bitter, juicy with citrus. This ale is a full-on flavorful pale ale. It is a B+, I think. It does become too much at the end. Its flavor is too much on the taste buds at the end of the pint. I don’t think I could have another right away. It’s not a wrong choice. I would recommend drinking this. Please be kind, stay safe, and remember to enjoy responsibly! Cheers!

Pipeworks Brewing Co. Ninja vs Unicorn Double Pale Ale

I found Ninja vs Unicorn Double Pale Ale at a nearby Harris Teeter supermarket. This beer from Chicago, Illinois, is 8% ABV. Pipeworks Brewing Co. was founded in 2012. I have not seen much of this or any Pipeworks beers here in Charlotte or in North Carolina. This beer pours a yellow color with a slight haze and has a three-finger thick white head. The aroma is juicy, fruity, tropical, and hoppy. The flavor is hoppy, juicy, fruity, tropical mango, and pineapple. It has a slight sweetness to it. The mouthfeel is medium. Then this beer (which is more like an IPA than a Pale Ale) finishes with a bitter tropical hop flavor. The aftertaste is hoppy and bitter with light fruit. I found this Ninja vid Unicorn Double Pale Ale from Pipeworks Brewing Co. to be good, A grade. It has fruity flavors with the right amount of bettering hops. It does not drink like an 8% beer either. I like that too. I highly recommend this beer, especially if you like IPAs. Please be kind, stay safe, and enjoy responsibly! Cheers!

Haw River Farmhouse Ales Newlin’s Original Oatmeal Pale Ale

This Pale Ale, Newlin’s Original Oatmeal Pale Ale, 5.2% ABV from Haw River Farmhouse Ales in Saxaphaw, North Carolina has late additions of floral hops, flaked with oats, and then uses Galaxy and Crystal hops. This ale pours an orange color with an almost two-finger white steady fading head. The aroma is citrusy, bitter, floral, and hoppy. The taste is lite, juicy, citrusy, bitter, and dry. The mouthfeel is light and soft. Then the finish is slightly floral with a little citrus flavor. The aftertaste is bitter, with a bit of citrus orange. Newlin’s Original Oatmeal Pale Ale is okay, a C- beer. I thought that flaked oats didn’t go well with the citrus flavors. They clashed with one another. But they weren’t terrible, just not that great. I wouldn’t recommend trying this. Please be kind, stay safe, and enjoy responsibly! Cheers! 

Royal Bliss Brewing Co. Citrus Jack Kevin Pale Ale

I hope everyone had a most enjoyable and happy Thanksgiving. This beer is up for review is Royal Bliss Brewing Co. Citrus Jack Kveik Pale Ale, 5.8% ABV. This brewer is in Denver, North Carolina. It is not very far from Charlotte. Kveik is a Norwegian yeast that is slightly similar to a lager yeast. This yeast is used in a few different styles of beer. This beer poured a funk gray color, which isn’t how a pale ale is supposedly colored. It is more of a yellow, orange juice color. I think this beer is going bad. But I’m not going to let that effects how I very this brewery. I have never had a beer from this brewery, nor have I heard of it. It has a one and a half finger of white quickly fading head. This beer’s aroma is tropical and citrusy with pineapple, melon, some mango, and orange. There is a very faint bitterness. The taste is similar to its aroma. I found pineapple, mango, melon, orange, and bitter flavors. There is an ashy flavor that is from it being a bad batch or something. It has a bitter finish. It also has a slightly fruity aftertaste with that ashy note. Now I may have to re-review this with a better batch. So I think Royal Bliss Brewing Co. Citrus Jack Kveik Pale Ale is a low C-. I got pasted the ashy flavor and focused on the fruity flavors. I will have to review this Pale Ale again soon. Please be kind, be safe, and enjoy responsibly! Cheers! 

Southern Barrell Brewing Co. Beach Bully Pale Ale, 5.4% ABV, is made in Bluffton, South Carolina. I was gifted this beer along with a few others that by my good friends and neighbors. I will review the others later. Thank you to them. Beach Bully Pale Ale pours a yellow color and has a cloudiness to it, and it has a two and a half finger white sticky head. The aroma is fruity with citrus and mango. There are bitter hoppy notes as well. The taste is similar to the way it smells. There is mango and citrus among a nice bitter/hoppy flavor that does fade as it passes over your tongue. Beach Bully Pale Ale finishes with a light bitter fruit flavor. The aftertaste is bitter and with a slight fruit note. Southern Barrel Brewing Co, Beach Bully Pale Ale is refreshing and good. I give this a B+. It is slightly more IPA-like than Pale Ale. But it is not too much like an IPA that has an identity crisis. It’s more of a hoppy Pale Ale. I recommend Southern Barrel Brewing Co. Beach Bully Pale Ale. Please be kind, be safe and enjoy responsibly! Cheers!

NoDa Brewing Company 1775 Pale Ale

NoDa Brewing Company 1775 Pale Ale, 5.1% ABV brewed right here in Charlotte, North Carolina. This pale ale is in conjunction with the Charlotte Independence Soccer Club, a minor league soccer team. 1775 is the year that Charlotte gained its independence. This pale ale pours a copper color with a two and a quarter finger head of white that slowly fades into nice lacing throughout the pint glass. The aroma is citrusy, bitter with light malt. The taste of this pale ale is much similar to the way it smells, and you get a citrus bitterness with a faint sweetness and a very faint touch of the malts. The mouthfeel is medium with good coverage over your whole mouth. It finishes with a bitter grapefruit/orange note that is refreshing. The aftertaste is mildly citrusy, and it bitterer with just a little linger. This pale ale surprised me how good it was. Sometimes you find a pale ale to be more like an IPA. Some are more of a lighter pilsner. This beer was none of those. It was just halfway between those. I’d say NoDa Brewing Company 1775 Pale Ale is an A+. It would be great for someone who’s never had a hoppy beer and wants to try one. I would recommend this beer to anyone. Please be kind, stay safe, and enjoy responsibly! Cheers!